NAISA Sound Channel November 2020


Newsletter for November 2020 (Vol.15; Iss. 11)
Produced by New Adventures in Sound Art

1) SOUNDplay Festival September 24 – December 21, 2020
2) SOUNDplay Installation Exhibition
3) SOUNDplay final online event
4) SOUNDplay Artist Talk and Performances on NAISAtube

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1) SOUNDplay Festival

September 24 – December 21, 2020

NAISA is proud to announce the 19th annual edition of the SOUNDplay Festival both online and at the NAISA North Media Arts Centre in South River. As in the past, SOUNDplay continues to be a meeting point for experimentation in sound art and new media, encouraging new avenues for exploration.

“In a year where the fundamental nature of arts presentation is undergoing immense transformation, NAISA’s theme for 2020, chosen over a year ago, continues to be relevant. The notion of transformation underpins all of the festival presentations: from the transformation of organisms from one state to another, to the use of changing environments to create a generative work, to the transformation of the Vedas (Hindu scriptures) via machine learning algorithms to create content that lies just beyond the reach of human comprehension. All of the works presented in this year’s SOUNDplay Festival feature an online element in one form or another, which is a first for SOUNDplay. But within this less intimate format, NAISA staff are working hard to foster a more meaningful connection between media artists, the artworks and those who are following our programming from across Canada and around the world. All of the presentations provide a means to share and connect and to grow and transform from experiencing the works featured in this year’s festival.”—Darren Copeland, NAISA Artistic Director

Featured this year is an installation on exhibit at the NAISA North Media Arts Centre by Teresa Connors that connects to live ocean data off of Cape Spear, New Foundland while all of the performances use the Whereby web-conferencing platform to deliver high quality audio-visual presentations. Featured in the online presentations are live performances by Robert Fantinatto and Debashis Sinha and a screening of films by Sandy McLennan.

2) Sound Travels Installation Exhibit

From the Edge by Teresa Connors
September 24 to December 21, 2020, Thursday to Monday, 10am – 4pm
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 106 Ottawa Avenue, South River, Canada
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From the Edge is an audiovisual installation by Teresa Connors that explores the environment of East Coast Newfoundland. The work is part of a series that expands on Connors’ use of environmental data-sets as an artistic device to create nonlinear artworks. The creative system is coded to live-stream data off the SmartAtlantic St. John’s Buoy, located 1 KM offshore of Cape Spear, Newfoundland. The buoy is capable of measuring and transmitting a variety of atmospheric and surface conditions, including surface temperature, wind speed and direction, wave height, period and direction, and current speed and direction. From the Edge live-streams, then parses these data-sets to trigger and shift parameters of the audiovisual work, which continually evolves depending on the transmitted measurements. Embedded in the creative system are improvisational music files specifically created for this work, plus audiovisual material captured off this coast, with video artist Shannon Lynn Harris. This material, in turn, is randomly triggered, depending on the ocean data.

3) Remaining SOUNDplay online event

Performances & Screenings:

Hand-made Muskoka Films by Sandy McLennan
November 14, 2020, 7 pm (EDT or UTC -4)
Online Location issued after Advance Registration –
Admission Fee of $10 is optional but registration is required

Port Sydney filmmaker Sandy McLennan presents an online screening of his unique hand-made 8mm and 16mm films that portray life in the Muskoka region. He will be on hand to introduce the films and discuss the processes he used to make them. Featured are his films “Line in the Sand,” “The Last Skate,” “Moving, part one” and “Thanksgiving Weekend to the Cottage.”

4) SOUNDplay 2020 Artist Talk and Livestream Performances on NAISATube

Explore the archive of 2020 SOUNDplay performances, talks and audience discussions on the NAISA youtube page:

Data and Nonlinear Audiovisual Art
Artist Talk by Teresa Connors

In this online artist talk Teresa Connors discusses her series of audiovisual works which explore the environment of East Coast Newfoundland using using live data transmitted from the SmartAtlantic St. John’s Buoy, located 1 KM offshore of Cape Spear, Newfoundland.

Endosymbiosis by Robert Fantinatto
A Live Electronic Music Performance with Liquid Light Imagery

Endosymbiosis is a video and improvised electronic music performance from October 17, 2020 by Robert Fantinatto and co-presented by Charles Street Video and New Adventures in Sound Art. The video also includes a Q&A session with the artists and host Darren Copeland.

adeva (version000_01) by Debashis Sinha
Electronic Music and Video Performance

Sinha’s explorations of how his Bengali heritage can manifest through the toolset of contemporary electronic music continued with this October 24, 2020 livestream performance co-presented with Charles Street Video and the Toronto Media Arts Centre. The video also includes post-show audience discussion with the artist.

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New Adventures in Sound Art is a non-profit organization that presents performances and installations spanning the entire spectrum of sound art. NAISA is partially funded by the Department of Canadian Heritage, Ontario Arts Council, and the Canada Council for the Arts.

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Inquiries & general information:
Nadene Thériault-Copeland, Executive Director
New Adventures in Sound Art
106 Ottawa Ave., South River, ON, P0A 1X0